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EN3511 The Brontes

Summer Reading List (2014-15)


Primary Texts:

Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey (1847); The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848).

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847); Shirley (1849); Villette (1853); The Professor (1857).

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847).

Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857)

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

For your Summer reading, you should focus on the seven Brontë novels, which are all available in Penguin editions. We will be reading in chronological order during the course of the year.

The course begins by looking at the idea of the Brontës, or at the Brontë myth and for this you will find Juliet Barker, The Brontës (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1994) to be invaluable. You might also look at Lucasta Miller, The Brontë Myth (London: Jonathan Cape, 2001).

At the beginning of the course we will also look at some of the Juvenilia. Xeroxes will be provided for the short texts we will read in the seminar but Christine Alexander has edited much of this early material and her editions of these writings can be found in the library.

Suggested Reading

Baker, William and Kenneth Womack, eds, A Companion to the Victorian Novel (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002)

Burstyn, Joan N., Victorian Education and the Ideal of Womanhood (London: Croom Helm, 1980)

Calder, Jenni, Women and Marriage in Victorian Fiction (London: Thames and Hudson, 1976)

Chitham, Edward, The Birth of Wuthering Heights: Emily Brontë at Work (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998)

Flint, Kate, The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Foster, Shirley, Victorian Women's Fiction: Marriage, Freedom and the Individual (London: Croom Helm, 1985)

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: the Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000)

Glen, Heather, Charlotte Brontë: the Imagination in History (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 2002)

Gorham, Deborah, The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982)

Ingham, Patricia, The Brontës (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

-- The Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Victorian Novel (New York: Routledge, 1996)

Langland, Elizabeth, Nobody’s Angels: Middle-Class Women and Domestic ideology in Victorian Culture (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995)

-- Anne Brontë: the Other One (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1989)

Shuttleworth, Sally, Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Stoneman, Patsy, Brontë Transformations: the Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights (London: Prentice Hall, 1996)

Warhol, Robyn R., Gendered Interventions: Narrative Discourse in the Victorian Novel (New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1989)

West, Shearer, The Victorians and Race (Aldershot: Scolar, 1996)


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